Carmel Farmers Market returns May 4 with expanded lineup

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With warmer weather on the way, the Carmel Farmers Summer Market will begin May 4 at Center Green. The market runs from 8 to 11:30 a.m. each Saturday from May to September. Guests will be able to purchase fruits, vegetables, meats, spices, oils and many other local food items from 70 vendors.

“For the last two years we have had 64 vendors,” said Ron Carter, Market Committee president. “We are enlarging the market this year, and all the vendors are purveyors of edible products except for plants. They’re all from Indiana. They must grow and or produce at least 50 percent of everything they sell at the market.”

The committee honors tradition each year but also adds new elements.

“The biggest thing that’s new and different is we are closing in the west end of the green with stands for vendors so that it will be a continuous loop around the Center Green,” Carter said.

Each Saturday will begin with a celebrity bell ringer to start the day. Shoppers will also be treated to live entertainment while perusing the market.

“We have seating for 50 around the Carmel Rotary Amphitheater where we will have a different musical group each Saturday,” Carter said.

Many vendors participate year after year, and Carter has a waiting list of 30 businesses wanting to be involved. Circle City Sweets has participated in the market since 2006.

“My favorite thing in my business is talking to customers,” stated Circle City Sweets owner and pastry chef Cindy Hawkins in an email. “We have such a loyal, weekly clientele. I truly can’t wait to see them each week. The people of Carmel have been such loyal customers that I cannot imagine ever not participating in this market.”

For more information visit carmelfarmersmarket.com.

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